--> ''"I'm a tire for hire!"''

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''Riding Bean'' is an {{Anime}} {{OVA}} produced by studio Creator/{{AIC}}, created by KenichiSonoda and directed by Yasuo Hasegawa, released in February 22, 1989 with a run-time of 48 minutes.

The anime OVA follows the exploits of [[AwesomeMcCoolName Bean Bandit]], a professional getaway driver (Think ''Film/TheTransporter'') who's been framed for kidnapping the daughter of an electronics CEO. Using a series of tricks, clever plots and disguises, Bean and his friend (and trigger-woman) Rally Vincent attempt to avoid being captured as they work to clear their name. With many a good plot twist and a interesting story and plot, the OVA was well received.

This OVA was supposedly the pilot for a suggested Anime series, but due to a falling out between Kenichi Sonoda and Toshiba EMI over the series left it with only one episode. Quickly moving on, Riding Bean served as a pilot of sorts for the related project ''Manga/GunsmithCats'' that Kenichi Sonoda went on the create in its place. ''GSC'' featured a redesigned Rally as the main character, with Bean making a number of appearances.

A {{Manga}} adaptation of Riding Bean was also produced by Kenichi Sonoda in 1989 but was left unfinished after four chapters due to the cancellation of Monthly Comic Noizy, the Japanese magazine in which it was published.

[[ForeignLanguageTheme It's also notable for being one of the few Animes to have a soundtrack composed and performed entirely by a foreigner.]] In this case, Jazz Fuson keyboardist David Garfield and his band.
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!!This anime contains examples of:
* AntiHero: As Rally puts it "He's a Scoundrel at heart, but he dreams to be a good guy."
* AwesomeMcCoolname: Bean Bandit.
* BadassDriver - Take a wild-ass guess.
** Say what you want about Semmerling, she did show off some fairly impressive wheelwork in the final chase.
** Percy ''wishes'' he could be one.
* TheBerserker - Bean got really pissed at Semmerling for hitting him with a fragmentation grenade. Later, she tries to run him over. He ''shoulder-checks'' her car and not only stops it cold, but pops it right off its front wheels!
* BerserkButton - Don't diss or mess with Bean's car. And do not mess with kids if he's around your general vicinity..
* BigBadassRig: The Scania T-142 M driven by Semmerling and one of her mooks.
* BulletProofVest: All but said that his leather jacket is heavily armored, with a strong hint that his headband is bullet proof too, though the shot it stops does daze him for a moment.[[note]]The Gunsmith Cats version explicitly says this, revealing that the jacket weighs a ton.[[/note]]
* CannonFodder - Potentially, any one of Semmerling's Mooks.
* CarFu: Bean seems to be a master of this.
** Later on Semmerling tries run over Bean with a hijacked car. [[spoiler: It doesn't work out well for her.]]
* TheChessmaster - Semmerling, at least she would've been if she didn't leave too many clues for Bean and Rally to get their head around.
* CoolCar - Bean's especially so. With Bulletproofing, Gun Ports, [[BladeBrake Blade Braking]] and the ability to turn it's wheels 90 degrees and drive that way.
** Semmerlings BMW 750iL. It's not as outwardly impressive as Beans car, but makes up for it with a [[{{Overdrive}} monstrously powerful V12 engine.]]
** According to creator Kenichi Sonoda, all of the high tech gadgetries found on Bean's car, except the strange break-fins on the wheels, were 100% technologically feasible at the time in which the anime was made. Although the Series/MythBusters might take issue with this...
* CoolGuns: The OVA shows a pretty nice selection of guns from somewhat common to quite uncommonly seen ones (such as a [[http://www.imfdb.org/wiki/Semmerling_LM-4 Semmerling LM-4]] and a Calico M-100).
* CowboyCop: Percy is an AxCrazy version of this--the man is responsible for an astounding bunch of property damage during his chasing of Bean, and he keeps on going with a nearly-destroyed car, single-mindedly wanting to catch Bean.
* DomesticAbuse: Semmerlings to Carrie
* FriendToAllChildren - Bean may be a scoundrel but he's got a soft spot for children.
* FishEyes: Bean, after being [[spoiler: ''shot in the fucking head.'']] All things considered, he got off easy.
* Gorn: In the start of the film, we see a pretty roughed up corpse of a security guard and another security guard has his head blown off with a shotgun.
** Mild version, but after shot in the forehead (that had an armored bandanna) and being rammed by a car against a wall several times by Semmerling in an attempt to kill him at the climax, Bean's head has been twisted ''almost ninety degrees horizontally''.
* HeavySleeper - Bean. Not even a ''stungun'' can wake him!
* HyperCompetentSidekick - Dick (the Ying to Percy's Yang)
* InspectorLestrade - Percy, to a degree.
** InspectorZenigata - He's way more interested in taking out Bean than doing his duty as a Chicago PD officer. And collateral damage be ''''damned'''.
* KnifeNut: Bean, he's pretty adequate with them too.
* KarmicDeath - [[spoiler: Semmerling is killed when her attempt to murder Carrie triggers an explosion, made doubly more embarrassing by the fact that she probably would have survived the entire altercation were she not to have done that.]]
* KickTheDog - How Semmerling treats Carrie.
* LanternJawOfJustice: While the Justice part is debatable, Bean's got a pretty good jawline.
* LatexPerfection - Semmerling can flawlessly impersonate a man with a handy rubber mask and a throat-ring that makes her voice low.
* KillItWithFire
* MadeOfIron - Bean. This guy can take stungun shocks without even flinching, and [[spoiler:even takes a BULLET TO THE HEAD and get hit by a car (twice!) while still remaining standing!]]
* MasterOfDisguise: Semmerling and Carrie.
* MirthlessLaughter: Both Semmerling and Bean share a brief moment of stress-laughter when [[spoiler: he somehow body-checks her car.]]
* MoreDakka: Standard for Kenichi Sonoda.
* PedestrianCrushesCar: There's a scene where the BigBad attempts to use CarFu on Bean Bandit, who instead lifts the car off its front wheels.
* PsychoLesbian - Semmerling.
* PunchClockVillain - Anyone stupid enough to join Semmerling's gang. See CannonFodder above.
* PrettyLittleHeadshots: Rally delivers one to the man brave enough to hold the little girl hostage.
* RedBaron: Bean "The Road Buster" Bandit.
* RatedMForManly: Exemplified by Bean Bandit. His typical breakfast includes a salami the width of a normal person's arm and an entire pineapple. A taser blast to the neck can't even ''wake him up.'' ''He crushes shelled walnuts with his teeth.''
* SpotTheThread: The trailer used to block Bean's escape in the first heist, and the trailer Semmerling is escaping in are on and them same, but Bean doesn't realise this until he sees the bumps on the side from the police cars crashing into this.
* SmugSnake - Semmerling fancies herself as a competent and elegant schemer, but makes plenty of extremely stupid decisions throughout her caper and goes absolutely ballistic when her plans inevitably goes awry.
* SuperStrength: Somehow Bean can not only carry an entire car on his own, but also be able to throw a knife with enough force to rip off car doors.
* VagueAge: Carrie: Young-looking enough to convincingly impersonate an 11-year old girl, old enough to be Semmerling's paramor. Lampshaded by the kidnapped CEO, and later on Bean.
* ThrowingYourSwordAlwaysWorks: Thanks to Bean's SuperStrength he can throw a knife with incredible force.
* TooDumbToLive - [[spoiler:Semmerling decides that attempting to murder Carrie for offering to pay Bean their entire ransom in exchange for Semmerling's life is a good idea. Except for the fact that this is the only thing keeping Bean from killing her and taking the money anyway.]]
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